Buchanan Business Awards

Beer 52 wins top micro business prize


Craft Beer Club, Beer 52, based in Edinburgh, has won Overall Business of the Year in the Buchanan Business Awards for its innovation, growth acceleration, excellent turnover and rapidly growing loyal customer base.

The Buchanan Business Awards are for micro businesses (under 10 employees) and were presented at an awards ceremony at the Royal Bank of Scotland conference centre at Gogarburn.

The event was organised by Capital City Partnership and the Business Gateway as part of Edinburgh’s ‘Joined Up for Business’ Partnership.

Beer 52 is a Craft Beer discovery club which sends its expanding customer base a handpicked case of beer each month in return for a subscription. Each month’s selection is different and every beer is unique. Beer 52 says it is committed to ‘Revolutionising Beer Buying Online’ and already has more than 15,000 customers.

The company was launched in September 2013 by James Brown and Fraser Doherty. Mr Brown came up with the idea following a trip to Portugal on his father’s Harley Davidson motorbike when he visited lots of microbreweries, sampling numerous different beers and wanted to share them with the world. He met Fraser Doherty (founder of SuperJam) who invested in the company and Beer 52 was born.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, chairman of the Capital City Partnership board and convener of Edinburgh council’s economy committee, said: “It is very encouraging to hear about the great business ideas and dedication to growth that is in the micro business sector in Edinburgh.

“The Buchanan Business Awards provide an excellent platform for micro businesses to display their innovative ideas and get the opportunity to be acknowledged for their great efforts.”

Royal Bank of Scotland’s spokesperson, Tony Green Director of Business Banking Edinburgh, said: “The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to once again support the Buchanan Business Awards.

“These awards celebrate the skills, innovation and ingenuity of businesses and individuals who call Scotland’s capital city their home. Enterprise and entrepreneurship are the lifeblood of the country’s economy, and in the year that we opened our Entrepreneurial Centre here at Gogarburn, it is an honour to host this competition here.  We wish every finalist the greatest success.”


Overall Business of the Year Award – sponsored by the Capital City Partnership:

Winner – Beer 52 – a growing Craft Beer Club

Growth Award- Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

Winner – Beer 52

Runner-Up – Araminta Campbell

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Sponsored by Fort Kinnaird

Winner – Tipple Box

Runner-Up –Neon Magpie

Social Enterprise – Sponsored by Multiplex Ltd

Winner – Edinburgh Tool Library

Runner-Up – MY Adventure

Start-up Business of the Year – Sponsored by Business Gateway

Winner – Plant & Grow

Runner-Up – Tribe Yoga

Employer of the Year Award- Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

Winner – Tribe Yoga

Runner-Up – Maison de Moggy 

The Buchanan Business Awards were established to celebrate the legacy of Councillor Tom Buchanan, one of Edinburgh’s well-loved sons.

The Capital City Partnership is Edinburgh’s Employability Partnership

Joined Up for Business brings together the free recruitment, business and workforce development services from a range of Agencies who seek to grow employment opportunities by making it easier to do business in Edinburgh.

The key agencies include: Business Gateway, City of Edinburgh Council, Capital City Partnership, Department of Work & Pensions, Skills Development Scotland, Edinburgh College, NHS Lothian and includes Edinburgh’s Joined Up for Jobs organisations.

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